d100 Newscast Episode 1: The Pilot

Behold! a d100 Podcast! We take our first shaky steps into an audible world with the help of our new podcast producer, Jess! In this issue, we look at the Dragonlance Lawsuit, how the Pandemic is shaping the way we game, and discuss the effect of the Dungeons and Dragons 5e Open Gaming License.

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Dragonlance Lawsuit

Dragonlance authors, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman have sued Wizards of the Coast for breach of contract. We look at why criticism Wizards was facing on other fronts might have ended the deal to create a new Dragonlance series.

Further Reading:

Dragonlance Lawsuit

Zaiem Beg and the culture of racism in Magic the Gathering

Orion Black criticises culture of silence around race in Dungeons & Dragons

Wizards responds to Orion Black and adds disclaimer to racist titles

Wizards promises revisions to race in Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything

Asians Represent on Oriental Adventures

Gaming and the Pandemic

The COVID pandemic has affected all aspects of our lives and gaming is no exception. We discuss some of the effects of moving games online, gaming coming to a wider audience as people find TTRPGs during lockdown, and some interesting industry trends caused by the recent pandemic.

Further Reading:

Dicebreaker on online gaming fatigue

State of Fandom Report

State of Kickstarter Midyear 2020

Tor editor on the effect of the Pandemic on games

The US-China trade war, the price of paper, and roleplaying games

Open Gaming Licenses

We look at recent trends in third-party Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder material, and ask whether the current D&D-compatible boom mirrors the D20 boom (and bust).

Further Reading:

For a history of the d20 Boom & Bust see Shannon Appelcline’s Designers & Dragons: The ‘00s.

Two-Minutes’ Love

Pendragon 6th Edition

Xenolanguage

Dungeons & Da Asians

Thirsty Sword Lesbians

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